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Incredible Penn Avenue: From Wilkinsburg to Point State Park

Pittsburgh’s Penn Avenue follows the path that British General John Forbes and his troops hacked through the wilderness as they marched westward to take control of the Point in November 1758. The French fled, and the British were victorious.

More than two-and-a-half centuries later, Penn Avenue offers an incredibly rich experience for the biker, hiker, or driver. In this fast-paced presentation or more than 300 photos, you’ll travel along Penn Avenue from Wilkinsburg to Pittsburgh’s Point, past the neighborhoods of Point Breeze, Larimer, East Liberty, Friendship, Bloomfield/Garfield, Lawrenceville, the Strip District, and Cultural District. You’ll see architectural landmarks, historic fences and walls, murals, a wonderful variety of stores and signs––and a diverse cast of characters including Steeler fans, culture buffs, shoppers, yoga enthusiasts, and photographers.

Penn Avenue, more than any other road in Pittsburgh, embodies the feeling of loss, renewal, and opportunity in our 21st-century city. And, it’s a pretty straight eight-mile path, with just a few ups and downs.

Presenter: Louise Sturgess, Executive Director of PHLF.
Fee: $150
Time: One hour, followed by questions and discussion.
Booking group to provide: PowerPoint projector, laptop, screen, and microphone.  PHLF will send CD with program images a few weeks before event so that group can test in its equipment and have everything set-up and ready at appointed time.

Contact Mary Lu Denny ( or 412-471-5808, ext. 527) to schedule a presentation date.

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633